Humans of Northwood: Santiago Salame ‘23

“When people first meet me, they usually think I am arrogant, but when they get to know me, they describe me as caring, nice, and funny. I grew up in Guayaquil, Ecuador, with my five sisters and my dog, who is the smallest dog you will ever see. My childhood prepared me well for my adult life. I experienced many new things that matured me as a man. During my childhood, I had a big passion for food, and now as I have grown up, I have started to love cooking. I love to create new dishes and attempt to cook different cuisines from all over the world. From a young age, my dad took my sisters and me to several Michelin-star restaurants in Europe. These experiences made me fall in love with food. My favorite cuisine is Japanese and Mexican. I love making these foods, and the taste of these cuisines is elegant.

“I love to travel and experience new things. My favorite place to visit is my beach house in Olon, Ecuador. During the break, I will go to my beach house with my family and friends and enjoy the beautiful waves and the hot sun. I am going to try new things this break and potentially skydive.

“This is my first and last year at Northwood, and I absolutely love it. I originally came here to continue my dreams of playing professional soccer. Since being here, I have found that I can achieve bigger things. I have learned a lot about my characteristics and skills, which will make me successful. I want to help people in this world, which is greater than my original soccer dream. My family, friends, and goals motivate me to achieve these goals, and I am willing to work harder than ever to achieve them.

“I will miss the people and faculty I met at Northwood but am looking forward to post-Northwood life. I am attending Bentley University next year and am looking forward to the new challenges and goals I will face.”

As told to Mitchell Baker ’25. Photo by Mr. Michael Aldridge.


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